There are boatloads of people looking to buy homes every day.
Selling one should not be so hard then, right?
Unfortunately, this is not the case. Many people put their homes on the market, only to see them sit there for months and months with no decent prospects on the horizon. It would be fabulous if there was some magic formula that assured you sell your home quickly and for your exact asking price. But, lacking such formula, the best you can do is take steps to make your home as appealing as possible to potential buyers.
Staging your home is one such strategy that may help
because as much as buyers are told to look past what is and see what could be once they make the space their own, it is something hard to put into practice. Doing all you can to create a space they can see themselves in right now is important. Purchasing decisions of any kind are largely emotional; first impressions are strong and can make or break interest in a home. Here are some staging tips to increase the appeal of your home.
Start with the Outside Many people looking to buy a home do a preliminary drive-by to assess whether they want to take the time to attend an open house, or request their agent set up a showing. If the outside of your house is looking a bit lackluster, you may be losing potential buyers before they even step foot on your property.
- Curb appeal is a crucial ingredient in your staging strategy.
- You don’t need to spend thousands of dollars getting fancy landscaping or other extreme touches.
- A little big can go a long way.
- Give the driveway, porch and siding a good power washing.
- You are so used to the grime that you do not notice it anymore.
- Add some color with flowers. Consider getting a new door or at the very least, give it a new coat of paint if it appears a bit worn down.
Clean Your Home
Clean Like There’s No Tomorrow Clean your home like you would if your judgmental mother-in-law was coming to visit. No matter how spic and span your home may appear now, it can probably be cleaner. We are talking luxury hotel clean.
Scrub every nook and cranny—this means the baseboards, the cupboards and the closet. If you notice any strange smells, eliminate them immediately. You may be used to the myriad smells emanating from your home, so to be sure, bring in a neutral nose to sniff out the situation.
Home In Natural Area
Go Neutral When it comes to certain areas of the home, neutral is your best bet. You want to create a space with the broadest appeal possible. You may love your lime-green bathroom; your daughter may love her hot pink walls.
There are probably people out there who love them just as much; but remember,
- we are going for broad appeal.
- Repaint the walls with more neutral colors.
- The idea of neutrality also applies to the master bedroom in your home.
- Many staging experts recommend creating a gender-neutral space.
- You don’t have to do a complete overhaul.
- A new comforter, a fresh coat of paint and removing some personal items may be all you need.
Every Room Has a Purpose
Make Sure Every Room Has a Purpose Every room in the home should have a clearly defined purpose. If your family room or guest bedroom has basically become a storage unit, get this fixed before you start showing the home. Get all the junk out of there, and turn it into a space with a clear identity.
Spruce up Your Dining Room The dining room can be a neglected space in some homes, with many people eating primarily in the kitchen or in front of the television. The table is bare and décor is minimal.
I have seen many homes where the dining room table was transformed into a mini-home office, and it is covered in bills, mail and various types of paperwork.
If you want to get the most out of staging your home
don’t forget your dining room, no matter how much you may ignore it in your everyday life. Get some inexpensive, but tasteful looking artwork. Purchase some attractive place settings and a runner. Instead of overpowering the table with one big centerpiece, opt for some small vases with fresh flowers and place them in a line along the center of the table.